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Hi, I'm non reactive for HEP C  but my concern is that it reads: Hepatitis C antibody result is NON-REACTIVE SIGNAL TO CUT-OFF 0.07 <1.00.    I seen different post that it should not be a concern. My doctor told me to close that chapter of the book and move on, but I never had this ratio before. Does that mean that I was infected at one point? I don't understand at all.
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It means nothing move on
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If you were previously exposed your result would be positive. If you can’t move on seek counseling.  
I would move on from now on .What I understand from this is that once you been infected with HEPC your results will always be positive even if you clear the virus.
So instead of saying non reactive it will say reactive or positive for ever  even if they clear the virus
When someone is infected with the hepatitis C virus even if they clear on their own, as about 25% of people are able to do, or if they take medicine and eradicate the virus they will test positive for hepatitis C antibodies for the rest of their lives. If someone does test positive for antibodies the only way to know they are currently infected is to have the test for the actual virus the HCV RNA by PCR test. If that shows as detected the result will also include the viral load which is the number of copies of the virus circulating in one mL of blood.

But for someone who tests non reactive with the antibody test they do not have hep c  and no additional testing is needed. The exception to that would be if the person tested too soon after a potential exposure involving a potential blood to blood exposure where there was a risk of hepatitis c infected blood entering the blood stream of an uninfected person. If such an exposure occurred the person should wait at least 12 weeks post this exposure and then test. Fo someone who is immune compromised it can take as long as 6 months for sufficient antibodies to develop to detectable levels. Immune compromised would be someone with HIV or possibly undergoing chemotherapy or taking anti rejection drugs after having an organ transplant.
Thanks for the explanation.
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